RUSH: Last night on CNN, Joe Johns, the correspondent, had a report about me and my criticism of Eric Holder. Now, that’s not what I’m surprised about. What I’m surprised about is it took so long — his report basically says establishment Republicans are worried about Sarah Palin and me, because we’re too partisan, and they are worried that we are scaring off potential Republican voters and potential Republican donors. Here is Joe Johns’ report.
JOHNS: Radio host Rush Limbaugh slammed Holder for the comments.
RUSH: President of the United States, attorney general of the United States. Oh, poor guys! Poor victims of a mean, racist America.
JOHNS: But not all Republicans are in attack mode. The combative tone, much like Sarah Palin’s call for impeachment of the president —
PALIN: …so it’s time to impeach…
JOHNS: — has some Republicans saying, it’s all playing into the Democrats’ hands in a midterm election year.
ROVE: Impeachment is exactly what the president wants to talk about. Just like he liked the Republicans and conservatives to talk about him being born in Kenya for five or six years, he’s happy to have Republicans talk about impeaching. Bad thing to do. The politics of that are all wrong.
RUSH: Well, I don’t know where I fall on the Rove meter here, but I haven’t spoken in favor of impeachment, although under certain circumstances and if the political will for it could be developed… I mean, it’s all dependent on that. I’m not in this. I never talked about him being born in Kenya but I get lumped in with it. But the point here is, notice I “slammed Holder for the comments.”
Holder didn’t “slam” us. Holder never “slams” the people he’s really slamming or insulting or criticizing. Here’s an African-American attorney general of the United States basically whining about all the racism that’s out there, and it’s just a cover that they hide behind, and I dealt with it the other day. By the way, CNN, Mr. Snerdley, CNN brought Sunny Hostin back on to discuss my quite erudite response to her yesterday.
They brought her and Greg Anthony back to discuss what I had said in reaction, and then they brought on The Forehead as a bonus. It was on Erin Burnett’s show, and I’ve got the sound bites, but I don’t know if I’m gonna use them. I probably will but I don’t know when. But, anyway, here is this story that CNN has out there. Again, it’s CNN so it’s suspect.
The theme is that Republican establishment Republicans are very worried about Sarah Palin and me, very worried that we and our “partisanship” are going to scare off moderates and independents, future potential Republican voters. It’s the same thing as, “Don’t criticize the president! Oh, God, don’t do that. No, no, no, no! That only angers the independents.
“The independents, they don’t like partisanship. The independents do not like criticism. The independents don’t like it! No, no, no, no, no. If you do that, they’re gonna go running right back to the Democrats,” who are as mean-spirited and extremist as any bunch of people in American politics in my lifetime! Somehow, the independents and moderates do not mind the mean-spiritedness — the genuine mean spiritedness.
I’m not talking about partisanship. I’m not mean. I’m one of the nicest, most self-effacing guys on the planet. I’m also a harmless, lovable fuzzball. These people on the left are genuine mean-spirited, ill-mannered extremists. Somehow the independents and moderates don’t have a problem with any of that. But whenever the Republicans even dare to criticize a Democrat.
Why, we’re told that this does not serve well the premise of bipartisanship, and the Republicans will get blamed, and therefore the Democrats will emerge victorious. Meanwhile, with talk radio in full bloom during the 2012 campaign, Mitt Romney won independents going away, not the Democrats. Companion story to this from the Washington Examiner:
“Is a Fear of ‘Getting Koch’ed’ Hurting Republican Super PACs?” Get this. “Democratic super PACs [Political Action Committees] have outraised their Republican counterparts by millions, a factor attributed in part to GOP donors’ fear of being targeted by the Internal Revenue Service — or ‘getting Koch’ed,'” and the headline is: “Is a Fear of ‘Getting Koch’ed’ Hurting Republican Super PACs?”
The point of this is (the Washington Examiner’s David Drucker with the story), Republican super PAC donations are way down because donors do not want anything like the Koch brother treatment. They want the IRS being sicked on ’em — and now you know exactly why that was done. The IRS being sicked on Tea Party sends a message. It’s also what they did to one of the huge Romney donors.
I can never remember this guy’s name up in the Great Northwest. But they audited this guy twice. His name will come to me in mere moments. And they’ve gone after Sheldon Adelson of Las Vegas Sands. They do, they target people. Harry Reid, who… (sigh) If Harry Reid were in your family, you and everybody would be having quiet discussions about whether to commit him.
I mean, really, it’s getting into the area of derangement here, delusional derangement, psychosis. But nevertheless this unrelenting, insane blaming of the Koch brothers for everything is having an impact, apparently, because other big-time Republican donors don’t want that treatment, and they’re withholding their donations.
Frank VanderSloot. That’s the guy. I can never remember the guy’s name. Frank VanderSloot. They audited the guy, too. He was just a big-time donor to Romney in 2012. The Koch brothers, of course, are excoriated multiple times a day simply because they’re alive. And this it’s all part of the real Democrat agenda. The real Democrat agenda is the limitation of any opposition.